IMPEL appoints new CEO

Music lawyer Sarah Williams becomes chief executive of the Independent Music Publishers’ E-licensing agency, IMPEL.

The music and entertainment lawyer has worked in the industry since 1992, starting a number of dance music labels at the height of the acid house and techno revolution.

Over the years, she has represented clients including artists, labels, publishers, promoters, distributors, film and TV production companies, and other media businesses within the creative industries. She also runs her own legal and business affairs consultancy, Big Picture Legal.

Williams said: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to have this chance to lead IMPEL into a period of growth and development. IMPEL’s independent spirit and collaborative ethos chimes exactly with my own and, together with the great team at SACEM, we are going to be at the forefront of innovation in digital licensing. Our vision is to turbo-charge our members’ digital income and energise their digital rights strategy. Watch this space!’

Williams’ appointment comes after Bucks Music Group’s Simon Platz and Beggars Music’s Andy Heath were confirmed as IMPEL chairman and president respectively at the organisation’s first annual general meeting in October 2018.

IMPEL was founded in 2010 under the Music Publishers Association (MPA) umbrella. In 2018 it left the MPA, signing a processing and distribution agreement with SACEM in July that year.



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